Carnitas!

Jesse loves carnitas (literally, “little meats”–how cute is that?). So, Friday I decided to try my hand at making some carnitas tacos. I found a recipe that looked promising, and shopped for the ingredients on Friday morning. On the way home from the store, the unthinkable happened.

A giant black and gray, furry spider dropped from the ceiling of the car onto the steering wheel.

I screamed.

“Screamed” might be a slight understatement.

At any rate, I had to stop the car.

This part of the story has nothing to do with the carnitas. It ends there, really. I killed the spider and somehow lived to tell the tale. I just needed you to know how close I came to dying the other day, all in the pursuit of carnitas tacos.

On this side of the whole affair, let me assure you–they were worth it.

First, you simmer the pork in yumminess.

Then, you let the liquid simmer down until there’s just fat spattering around and you let the meat get brown and fabulous.

It looks insane.

See?

Then, it ends up looking like this.

Then, you make chipotle cole slaw.

Then, you put it all together and it looks like glory.

And tastes like it too. The meat is smoky and tender, with crispy bits (crispy bits!). These tacos could not have been better.

Crispy bits!

(But I must recommend you follow them with Dulce de Leche brownies. Do you know the only thing that’s better than Dulce de Leche brownies? Dulce de Leche brownies with vanilla ice cream. Oooooh, yeah.)

I never remember to take pictures of our food, as I’m usually focused solely on consuming said food, but Jesse had to make a last-minute run to the grocery store for the ice cream I’d forgotten earlier, so I snapped these pictures while I waited for him to return. The light was better over by the window, so I took some shots there.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes one. Gracie had to investigate. (Oliver was locked in our bedroom–if he’d been out, that bowl would not have stayed where it was!)

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2 Comments

  1. Mom
    Posted May 14, 2012 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Hey, Gracie girl.

    SPIDER!!! I stopped my car years ago when I saw a tick; can’t imagine what I would have done if it had been a spider. Be careful out there.

    That food looks amazing, just like you said. Only thing that would have made it look better is if it had been in MY kitchen. Great photography by the way.

    • Posted May 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

      Well, you will have to come visit, and I will make you some carnitas!

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